Atlantic Dawn: the value of its  fishing assets was increased substantially by the European Commission’s decision to hinder the efforts of owners of other Irish vessels to upgrade their fleet

The former owners of Atlantic Dawn, which once was Ireland’s biggest-ever trawler, stand to gain a bounty of at least €135 million from a series of de(...)

Madeline Scahill and Gerardine O’Mahony testing their brushing skills on site before the 2016 National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

When former EU agriculture and rural development commissioner Dr Franz Fischler told an EU conference in Cork that rural areas of the EU were set to s(...)

Former EU commissioner for agriculture Dr Franz Fischler said it was vital for Ireland that its agricultural and food exports continue to have access to the British market post-Brexit. Photograph: Getty

Britain’s exit from the European Union could pose problems for Irish agriculture if the UK decides to set up its own set of food standards, adding lay(...)

 Franz Fischler: “It’s going to have a major impact on the provision of services in rural zones.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

, The population of rural areas of the European Union may fall by 100 million people over the next 20 years, former EU agriculture commissioner Dr F(...)